Sociologist Miriam Greenberg to discuss the paradox of sustainable cities, April 4, 2016

Sociologist Miriam Greenberg will examine how many of the world’s “most sustainable” cities are also among the most unaffordable and unequal in the lecture, ““Beyond Ecotopia: Green Displacement and the Challenge of Equity in the Sustainable City.” This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Monday, April 4, 6:00pm, Rockefeller Hall, room 200.

The talk will draw on examples from research in New York City and New Orleans, but focus on the case of the San Francisco Bay Area—renowned “ecotopia” celebrated for its progressive and innovative sustainability policy, planning, and design, yet currently ranked the most unaffordable and unequal city region in the United States.  

Greenberg is associate professor of sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz. She holds a PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and is author of Branding New York:  How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World and Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans  (with Kevin Fox Gotham). Since 2013, she has directed the project “Critical Sustainabilites: Analyzing Competing Discourses of Sustainability in California,” which can be found at:  

This event is sponsored by the Program in Urban Studies, the Departments of Political Science, Sociology, Earth Science and Geography, the Office of Sustainability, and the Office of the Dean of Faculty.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, March 29, 2016